Author: Cyrus

Respected Kenyan blogger, tech evangelist, and social justice activist. Cyrus is known for his hard-hitting articles and opinions disseminated through his Twitter handle @Kahawatungu or Facebook page (www.fb.com/Kahawatungu). Email: Editor@Kahawatungu.com

Samsung has inked a deal with Safaricom and M-Kopa to sell the Samsung A10s at hire purchase. In the new mobile phone project, the companies have collaborated to bring customers a Pay As You Go service that will allow one to go home with a Samsung Galaxy A10s and pay in installments. The phone, an upgrade of the Samsung A10 has an internal storage of 32 GB and 2 GB RAM and comes with a 2-year warranty. To get the phone, a customer will need to visit selected Safaricom and M-Kopa shops and make a down payment of Ksh3,499. They…

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SafeBoda a bike hailing company founded in Uganda in 2015, has announced a new pricing structure for commuters in Nairobi. Through an announcement, the company has said that they are slashing prices by as much as 40 per cent in Nairobi to allow commuters to ride on their “safer” means than those offered elsewhere. With research showing that commuters in Nairobi typically spend up to five hours a day or more, in traffic, productivity might be hampered and the quality of life greatly reduced. SafeBoda says that it is focusing on making life less stressful by safely reducing commute time…

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M-Kopa Solar, a mobile phone-based solar kit reseller has unveiled solar-powered refrigerators as it targets 1.5 million potential clients (homes and businesses) which are not connected to the mains. The newly launched M-Kopa pay-as-you-go 100-litre solar fridge is targeted at enabling users to save costs and cut losses while still preserving perishables and reducing trips to the source market. READ: M-kopa Used Ksh19 Million For Work Permits For Foreigners, A Time It Fired 78 Kenyan Developers The M-Kopa Solar fridge is available in over 60 outlets countrywide with customers required to pay Ksh 115,500 to own it. The payment is made…

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East African Breweries Limited (EABL) has announced that they have commercialized the Aliciana Barley Variety a year after it was launched. EABL made the announcement during the annual Field Day in Mau Narok following trials of the barley variety with farmers who have reported higher yields and greater resistance to water lodging. READ: Tale Of Agony As Police Manning Kongowea Market Shamelessly Extort Local Traders, Customers The Field Day, an annual event that brings together stakeholders within the barley value chain, is an event where stakeholders converge to learn, share experiences and showcase their products and innovations. Barley is the main raw…

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Major Peter Mugure who has been charged with the murder of Joyce Syombua and her two children was in charge of all aspects of security at Laikipia Airbase during the family’s murder. According to Daily Nation, Major Mugure was the day’s officer in command and so responsible for ground operations, emergencies and all matters related to security, a convenient position which enabled him to move in and out of the heavily fortified installation unchallenged. READ: Ethic’s Message To Fans After Controversial “Tarimbo” Video Was Deleted From YouTube The Major reportedly made multiple trips in and out of the barracks that some…

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The Inspector-General of Police Hillary Mutyambai has finally unveiled the much talked about National Police Service digital occurrence book (OB). In a post shared on the social media pages of the police, Hillary Mutyambai (Inspector General) launched the new platform this morning, ushering a new era in the management of police records, away from the archaic bulky black books which have been common in the stations. This morning, at 0000hrs,@IG_NPS opened a new chapter in the history of Policing in the country by inaugurating a Digital Occurrence Book (OB), at Kasarani Police Station. pic.twitter.com/oXNa865Ax0 — National Police Service-Kenya (@NPSOfficial_KE) November…

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INV Fintech, Bank Innovation’s sister accelerator program, has announced its eighth accelerator class, which kicked off last week with seven unique startups that are seeking to partner with financial institutions by focusing on addressing evolving problems in the fin-tech space and enabling established players to further their innovation capabilities. READ: Tech4Africa Forum Announces Opportunity for African Startups The seven startups were selected for participation after a rigorous review process by INV Fintech with feedback from its partners, which include Fiserv, TIAA, BB&T, BMO Harris, City National Bank, Associated Bank, Lincoln Savings Bank, and others. The accelerator’s ecosystem includes dozens of mentors,…

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Turn.io, the recently launched behaviour change chat product, has partnered with Mintor, to scale their youth employment platform. The partnership will help Mintor increase its ability to meet the needs of both young jobseekers and businesses looking for entry-level talent. Already established through Mintor’s online offering, this service is now being amplified by Turn.io’s chat platform which uses Natural Language Processing (NLP) and Machine Learning (ML) to enable conversations through WhatsApp and Android Messages. Based in South Africa, Mintor is a social enterprise that is seeking to tackle global youth unemployment. Focusing the unemployment lens on South Africa: according to …

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Tech logistics company Glovo has partnered with the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) in a road safety campaign to train all riders using its platform on road safety. The campaign, which aims to bolster road safety in Kenya, is part of Glovo’s strategy to ensure high road safety standards as well as compliance with public transport regulations amongst riders using the Glovo platform. READ: Kisumu Girls School Under Probe After Mysterious Death of Student Speaking during the partnership announcement William Benthall, the Glovo General Manager for Kenya said that the partnership underlines Glovo’s commitment to work with the government to…

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Leading technology firm Cellulant has today announced the launch of Tingg, a consumer payment, commerce and financial services app. In Kenya, Tingg offers third-party service from utility payments for water, electricity, airtime and PayTv through partnerships with; KFC and Simbisa Group, (Pizza Inn, Chicken Inn and Creamy Inn) to offer Tingg Food, and with Go Beba to offer gas delivery under Tingg Assisted Shopping. Consumers can access Tingg by dialling *369# or download the app to also create and manage investment groups (chamas) and fundraisers (Changa) for weddings, funerals, education harambees. READ: M-kopa Used Ksh19 Million For Work Permits For Foreigners,…

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Rwanda’s Mara Group launched two Android-based smartphones is called the first “Made in Africa” phones. Starting off with the flagship Mara X and basic Mara Z, the two phones feature fingerprint scanners, nano-SIM, and a standard 720×1440 pixel resolution screen on both. The Mara X relies on the Mediatek MT6739 processor while the Mara Z runs on the Qualcomm MSM8940 Snapdragon 435 chip. They will retail at Ksh 19,000 (175,750 Rwandan francs) for the Mara X and Ksh 13,000 (120,250 Rwandan francs) for the Mara Z. READ: Six Safaricom Staffers Arrested In Connection To Ksh70 Million Sacco Scam The launch of…

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Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey is scheduled to be in Africa in the month of November, with visits scheduled for ghana, South Africa, Nigeria and Ethiopia. Making the announcement on his Twitter handle, Jack tagged some three African tech brains who seems to be the people he is scheduled to meet. Headed to Africa for all of November! Ethiopia, Ghana, Nigeria, and South Africa. Going to spend a lot of time with entrepreneurs, including @betelhem_dessie @noelkudu @GETNETASEFFA! pic.twitter.com/PcLCw8LZwr — jack 🌍🌏🌎 (@jack) October 4, 2019 Betelhem Dessie, a young Ethiopian developer who is also the Founder and CEO of iCog- Anyone…

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Local media house, Royal Media Services (RMS) which owns Citizen TV and other TV and radio stations has embarked on a process of discarding local productions which have lived past their sell-by date. According to sources within the leading media house, local productions which have been running longer than they should have been will be retired or left to run on the Viusasa platform. Some of the productions which are going to be affected are the likes of Inspekta Mwala, Papa Shirandula, Mother-In-Law, Machachari among others. Already Machachari has been replaced by Johari since the previous cast outgrew the production…

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The battle for Kibra Constituency is emerging to be a fight between key individuals and camps which are positioning themselves inside the Presidency and State House. According to sources close to the Presidency and State House, President Uhuru Kenyatta, PS Karanja Kibicho, Muhoho Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto are all actively involved in the by-election. The battle which is pitting some of the most powerful individuals in the country is proving to be so polarising that even Raila is now thinking twice and just looking for ways of working with whoever will win the seat. First, it is President…

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Vodacom Tanzania is not able to properly respond to the allegations that it’s being used to infringe on the privacy of its clients, some who face risks of arrests, abduction, and execution by the bloodthirsty Tanzanian government. READ: Tanzanian Police Confirm Arrest Of Journalist Erick Kabendera According to the family of the recently abducted Tanzanian journalist, Eric Kabendera, the mobile services provider disabled the phone line of the journalist shortly before he was abducted by state operatives, mostly from the intelligence services who later handed him over to the police after public outcry. Jamani kuanzia Leo rasmi naacha kutumia vodacom ili…

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Telkom Kenya has announced a partnership with Nairobi County Government and Meelin Media Limited to provide free public wireless internet in select parts of the city. READ  Telkom Courts SMEs With Cloud-based Voice Service, ‘Omniconnect’ According to Telkom Kenya, the initiative dubbed Link Kenya Project will see three internet hotspots deployed within the central business district, around Aga Khan Walk, Memorial Park, and Ambassador. READ: Carnivore Stampede Victim’s Family Still Seeking Justice Years After The Death Of Son Mark Karuu Each of the hotspots has a double-sided 55-inch LCD screen that will run paid advertisements to cater for the cost of…

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